Self-Guided Programs

For a limited time, we will permit Girl Scouts to individually or as a small troop complete our Explore NBG Patch, Brownie Bug Badge, and/or Junior Flower Badge programs as self-guided opportunities that include the corresponding patch or badge*.

*Self-guided programs must be registered through NBG. Girl Scouts will not be permitted to participate without a scheduled reservation. Scouts will be provided their work materials and a badge upon check in. At that time, they will be able to explore the Garden, and complete the required activities.

$12/Girl Scout, $10/chaperone and tag-alongs. 

Program times are available at any point during the week, and must be booked at least a week in advance of the intended visit date. All program rates include Garden admission. NBG Member adults are permitted to chaperone Scout programs for free. Even if a member of the Garden, the $12/scout fee must be paid to receive the program materials and patch or badge.

To book an onsite Girl Scout program, or for more information on options for your Scout or Troop, give us a call at (757) 441-5830 ext.463, or email us youthed@nbgs.org.

TINSEL TRAM: GROUP TOURS

Bring your Girl Scouts to ride the Tinsel Tram through the Dominion Energy Garden of Lights! The Tinsel Tram: Group Tour option allows parties of 20+ guests to book a private tram tour.

Dates and Times: Select Monday-Thursday nights in November and December starting Monday, November 16. Most private trams will have a 7PM departure time. Group Tour registration will open on Monday, October 19. Group Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability. To book a Tinsel Tram: Group Tour, call (757) 441-5830 ext.463. Group Tours must be booked over the phone, and require full payment at the time of booking.

AVAILABLE DATES FOR TINSEL TRAM: GROUPS TOURS:

  • Monday, November 16                     7PM Group Tour Available
  • Tuesday, November 17                     7PM Group Tour Available
  • Wednesday, November 18               7PM Group Tour Available
  • Thursday, November 19                   7PM Group Tour Available
  • Monday, November 23                     7PM Group Tour Available
  • Tuesday, November 24                     7PM Group Tour Available
  • Monday, November 30                     7PM Group Tour Available
  • Tuesday, December 1                        7PM Group Tour Available
  • Wednesday, December 2                  7PM Group Tour Available
  • Thursday, December 3                      7PM Group Tour Available
  • Monday, December 7                        7PM Group Tour Available
  • Tuesday, December 8                        7PM Group Tour Available
  • Wednesday, December 9                  7PM Group Tour Available
  • Thursday, December 10                    7PM Group Tour Available

Updated Pricing: $200/Tram. Trams seat up to 32 guests over the age of 3. Up to two (2) trams may be booked by a single group in a single evening.

Updated Seating: Tickets reserve up to 32 seats (8 rows) on a tram. If a party is expecting more than 32 guests over the age of 3, the group will be required to book an additional tram. Group Tour trams are not permitted to be booked for groups expecting less than 20 guests.

Note on Seating: The number of attending guests must match the number of rows available on all group tram tours. Each row seats up to four (4) guests over the age of 3 – total of 32 available seats. Groups who attend without reserving additional seating/rows to accommodate their attendance numbers will be required to book another tram if available, or direct the additional guests to purchase tickets to drive through the light display.

Girl Scout Outdoor Art To-Go Kits

To assist Girl Scouts with meeting the requirements for the Daisy Art Maker, Brownie Art Creator, and/or Junior Art Explorer Outdoor Art Badges, we will be offering each badge as a to-go kit option. Kits will include all needed materials for completing for each badge, as well as the corresponding Outdoor Art Badge.

Scouts are permitted to complete the Outdoor Art activities at the Garden.

Kits are $15/scout. 

To register a kit pick up date and time, please email us at youthed@nbgs.org or call us at (757) 441-5830 ext.463.  Kit pick-ups must be scheduled at least a week ahead of their intended pick-up date.

Bridging Ceremonies

Schedule your group to complete our Explore NBG Patch requirements (includes patch), and then choose one of our many garden bridges for your Scouts to complete their bridging ceremony!

Bridging ceremonies do not have a separate fee for completion – they are included in the self-guided program fees.

Free Backyard Programs

Access some of our “learning in place” activities and resources to participate in environmental education and related activities at home. Our activities are supplemental to the badge programs and activities listed on the GSCCC For Girl Scouting at Home webpage. Click Here the full list of Council recommended badge programs to complete at home.

Backyard Nature Scavenger Hunt

Click Here to access our NBG Backyard Nature Scavenger Hunt. This activity can be completed on its own, or it can assist your Girl Scout in earning the following outdoor/nature-oriented badges:

  • Daisy Eco Learner
  • Brownie Outdoor Adventurer
  • Brownie Eco Friend Brownie Bugs
  • Junior Outdoor Art Explorer

Explore NBG Patch – Take Action Activities 

While our Girl Scout Explore NBG Patch program must be completed “in house”, there are still program requirements that Scouts have to complete at home. Review the patch requirements HERE, and then review the list of Take Action activities below. At least one Take Action activity must be completed to earn the Explore NBG Patch, but we encourage Scouts to give them all a try! Once you are able to visit the Garden with your troop or as an individual, you can complete the remaining needed Discover and Connect requirements to earn the patch.

Take Action Activities:

  • Visit Norfolk Botanical Garden’s website HERE to learn about the areas you would like to visit during your trip. Using the map of the Garden, select each of the gardens you would like to see, and draw the best route for your walk.
  • Research jobs in wildlife or horticulture that can be found in Virginia (Wildlife Biologist, Gardener, Botanist, etc.). Choose your favorite career, and investigate the education and training needed to achieve this position.
  • Record the items that go into your family garbage can for one week. Record which items could be recycled (and then recycle them), or which items could be added to compost. After a week, separate the items into three lists, and discuss with your family ways to reduce the amount of trash created. Put a plan into action to reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Track how many steps you take in a day with a pedometer or Fitbit. Research the recommended number of steps per day for a healthy adult. Using the Norfolk Botanical Garden map, create a route that would satisfy this daily requirement.
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